Carbon isotope composition of ambient CO2 and recycling: A matrix simulation model

Leonel Da Silveira Lobo Sternberg, Donald L. DeAngelis

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The relationship between isotopic composition and concentration of ambient CO2 in a canopy and its associated convective boundary layer was modeled. The model divides the canopy and convective boundary layer into several layers. Photosynthesis, respiration, and exchange between each layer can be simulated by matrix equations. This simulation can be used to calculate recycling; defined here as the amount of respired CO2 re-fixed by photosynthesis relative to the total amount of respired CO2. At steady state the matrix equations can be solved for the canopy and convective boundary layer CO2 concentration and isotopic profile, which can be used to calculate a theoretical recycling index according to a previously developed equation. There is complete agreement between simulated and theoretical recycling indices for different exchange scenarios. Recycling indices from a simulation of gas exchange between a heterogeneous vegetation canopy and the troposphere also agreed with a more generalized form of the theoretical recycling equation developed here.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)179-192
Number of pages14
JournalEcological Modelling
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - Aug 15 2002


  • Carbon dioxide
  • Carbon-13
  • Convective boundary layer
  • Gas exchange
  • Recycling
  • Troposphere

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Ecological Modeling
  • Ecology


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